Secretary of War Jan'y 15/59
Transmits copies of a/cs of Scout HH Gruber with accompanying documents for services and Indians in '56 of '57.
Resp. [illegible] to the Comm Indian Affairs for report. Interior Moses Kelly Jan'y 17/59 ch . Clerk
see of Jan 14. '59 17 Finance
Rec'd 17 Jan ; '59 Wm. Bailey
War Department January 15th, 1859
I transmit, herewith, copies of five accounts for services rendered under the direction of Lieut. H. H. [Garber?], while in charge of Indians in 1856 and 1857, together with the accompanying correspondence on the subject. As this Department has no funds at its disposal, from which these accounts can be paid, I have the honor to request that you will inform me whether they can properly be defrayed by the Department of the Interior, for which the serviced appear to have been rendered.
Very respectfully, Your obt. servt. John B. [illegible] Secretary of War
Hon. J. Thompson Secretary of the Interior
Respectfully submitted to the Sec. of war. This is properly a charge against the Department of the Interior. of all Events there is no appropriation [illegible]under the control of the Quarter Master's Department which can be legally applied to such payments. Commanding Officers are [illegible] in the course of their services to direct such Expenditures and if the Department to which they belong refuses to [sanction?] them a specific appropriation ill be necessary to settle the accounts presented, as well as similar accounts which may accrue. Signed, [illegible] [name?] April 16th / 58
Head Quarters Dept. of the Pacific Cresent City, Cal. March 8th 1856
Finding that there are at present nearly three hundred friendly Indians encamped at this place, and it being highly important that they be prevented from uniting from the hostile tribes, as they might be driven to do, if deprived of military protection, the Commanding General directs that you ascertain if there be an Indian Agent at this point, and if so, that you call on him to subsist and take charge of these Indians as they are understood to be entirely destitute. In the event of the refusal of the Agent to lend the proper asistance, you are directed to assume the immediate charge of the Indians, to whom as authorized by Regulations, you will furnish necessay subsistence. If you shall deem it expedient and it can be conveniently done, you will remove them to the reservation on the Klamath River. Until an Indian Agent takes charge of these Indians. You will subsist them.
The General directs that the spirit of these instructions shall govern you in any similar case you may find within the district of Country to which you have been [assigned?]
I am, Sir, Very Respectfully Your Obedient Servant (signed) I. C. [illegible] Lieut Aid de Camp
Bt Lt Colonel Buchanon Major 4th Infantry Crescent City Cal
Official Copy H. H. [Garber?] 2nd Lt 4th Inft